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Sous Chef

University of Leeds - Catering Services

Location: Leeds
Salary: £25,306 to £29,169 Grade 5, per annum (plus meals)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: FDCAT1018

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements

Do you have significant experience of quality, fine dining cuisine? Do you thrive in a busy kitchen with multiple demands on your time? Do you have the leadership skills to head up and motivate a team of chefs to produce excellent food to meet the demands of the operation?

Catering and Hospitality Services supports the student experience at the University. The department currently has a turnover of over £6 million and increasing significantly as business levels continue to recover. Providing customers with excellent service and quality fresh food is at the heart of what we do.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Sous Chef to work as part of our Fine Dining team, providing fresh food executed to an excellent standard with a flair for modern presentation. You will be able to demonstrate significant experience in fresh food led kitchen operations, showing progression to Sous chef level. To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate, will display a high level of attention to detail and the ability to deliver consistently high levels of culinary excellence in all the work they undertake.

As a Sous Chef you will ensure that all food produced meets departmental quality standards and customer expectations. You will ensure that all food safety and labelling legislations are adhered to. 

You will have a recognised culinary catering qualification NVQ level 2 or above and hold a minimum of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Certificate in Food Safety, or equivalents to these. Consideration will be given to candidates with extensive experience in a similar role without NVQ qualifications. You will be committed to providing excellent customer service and you will have the ability to move, count and record stock. You will have experience of supervising a team with the ability to motivate staff and delegate work effectively. 

This role is full time on a 5 days over 7 basis. Flexibility will be required to meet the business needs, with the requirement to be able to work early mornings, evenings and weekends. This post is worked on a rota basis, primarily Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend requirements.

What we offer in return:

  • 26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme options plus life assurance.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • 35 hour working week, with any additional hours paid as overtime or time given in lieu.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Aaron Tong - Senior Head Chef (Fine Dining)

Email: a.tong@leeds.ac.uk

PLEASE NOTE: previous applicants to this post or the post of Second Chef need not apply. 

Interviews will be held during w/c 22nd January 2024.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Facilities Directorate

School/Institute: Catering Services

Category: Operational Support

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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